Stunning Ritz-Carlton Melbourne to open in March 2023

Boasting views over Port Phillip Bay and the Bolte Bridge, there will be plenty to love about Melbourne’s next luxury hotel.

By Matt Lennon, October 21 2022
Stunning Ritz-Carlton Melbourne to open in March 2023

When The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne makes its six-star debut in March 2023, guests won’t check in at a meagre ground floor lobby.

Instead, they'll ascend in a high-speed elevator to the 80th floor, where a stunning ‘sky lobby’ will offer sweeping views of the Yarra River, Marvel Stadium, and the city skyline before heading to one of the 257 rooms and suites.

It’s clear that right from the start, The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne – the newest location for the fabled luxury hotel brand and its second in the country following The Ritz-Carlton Perth, which opened in 2019 – wants to make its mark on the city.

Guests at Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will be welcomed at an 80th floor sky lobby.
Guests at Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will be welcomed at an 80th floor sky lobby.

Views similar to the sky lobby will be the norm for hotel guests, with rooms going no lower than the 65th floor on one of the four towers of the soaring West Side Place development, handily located adjacent to Southern Cross Station for direct connections to rail and trams to all corners of the city, as well as being a 10-minute stroll to Southbank and the Melbourne Convention Centre. 

The hotel will also offer its signature Ritz-Carlton Club, positioned on the 79th floor just below the sky lobby.

Access will be included for guests booking Club-level rooms and suites, and as an optional add-on, subject to availability, for those who wish to use the club beyond the inclusions in their room booking.

Guests will enjoy views across swathes of the Melbourne CBD.
Guests will enjoy views across swathes of the Melbourne CBD.

The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will also feature a signature and as-yet-unnamed restaurant coupled with an intimate library-style bar.

The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will feature an intimate restaurant and bar.
The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will feature an intimate restaurant and bar.

Health and wellness facilities will include the obligatory infinity pool (which in a nod to Melbourne’s weather will be indoors and heated) with a deck overlooking the city; and the Ritz-Carlton Spa, offering a fitness centre, sauna, two vitality pools and a yoga studio among six treatment rooms.

The hotel's wellness centre will feature an indoor infinity swimming pool.
The hotel's wellness centre will feature an indoor infinity swimming pool.

The West Side Place towers will be host to a second hotel in the form of the 316-room The Dorsett Melbourne, along with more than 2,500 residential apartments.

The complex will also see a new addition to Melbourne's famous laneways created between Lonsdale and Little Lonsdale streets, the new thoroughfare becoming home to numerous hole-in-the-wall style restaurants, bars and shops emblematic of the city's eclectic cultural heartbeat.

The opening of The Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will be the catalyst for a more active presence for the luxury brand in Australia. It will also be in fine company amid Melbourne’s luxury hotel scene.

Another new hotel will open in coming years at the burgeoning Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane along with a long-foreshadowed Sydney flagship as part of a redevelopment of The Star Sydney, with work yet to begin there.

24 Aug 2011

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In addition, the Shangri-La opens in Exhibition Street next year.  It will be a big year for new 5 star hotels in Melbourne providing competition for the current market leaders such as Crown, Grand Hyatt, Intercontinental and Sofitel.

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13 Jul 2015

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You forgot the W just opened recently as well, which is what is considered the best new option. The Man United team stayed there when in Melbourne. 

21 Jun 2022

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The Grand Hyatt is shutting its doors and the site is being redeveloped next year.

Does anyone know which construction company is building this hotel 

24 Aug 2011

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It was being built by Probuild before they went broke at the beginning of the year.  Not sure who the developer has used to complete the project.

07 May 2021

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I have heard comments about how its location will be opposite brown alley a rooftop nightclub that is very noisy in weekend nights into the early hours 

07 May 2021

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I have seen comments about its location and the fact that it will be opposite brown alley a rooftop nightclub that blares loud music into the early hours of weekend mornings


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